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School of Human and Social Sciences and Cultural Heritage
Course unit
LEO2044166, A.A. 2017/18

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2017/18

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
LE0616, Degree course structure A.Y. 2014/15, A.Y. 2017/18
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination ARCHEOLOGY OF PRODUCTION PROCESSES
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Department of reference Department of Cultural Heritage: Archaeology and History of Art, Cinema and Music
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge MASSIMO VIDALE L-ANT/10

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses L-ANT/10 Archeological Research Methodologies 6.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 42 108.0 No turn

Start of activities 26/02/2018
End of activities 01/06/2018
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2018 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
7 2019 01/12/2019 30/11/2020 VIDALE MASSIMO (Presidente)
CUPITO' MICHELE (Membro Effettivo)
6 2014/19 01/12/2018 30/11/2019 VIDALE MASSIMO (Presidente)
CUPITO' MICHELE (Membro Effettivo)
5 2014/118 01/12/2017 30/11/2018 VIDALE MASSIMO (Presidente)
CUPITO' MICHELE (Membro Effettivo)
4 2014/17 01/10/2016 30/11/2017 VIDALE MASSIMO (Presidente)
CUPITO' MICHELE (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: A interest in ancient technology.
Target skills and knowledge: Students will acquire a updated, general information on maior issues concerning the technical evolution of Homo, from the paleolithic period to the modern world. The subjects will include terminological questions, the difference between craft and industrial production, basic notions on the development of prehistoric lithic industries, the invention of fire and pyrotechnology, and of composite artificial base materials).
This should enable them to understand the ambiguity of the arcaheological record and some major social implications of the evolution of ancient technologies.
Students will also get a growing familiarity with the materiality of clays and ancient pottery.
Examination methods: A written test with 4 to 5 specific questions on the subjects of the course.
Assessment criteria: Attendance to the classes of the course and to laboratory activities (see below). Other aspects of evaluation will be the critical interaction of students with the teacher and the other students of the course, and, of course, the acquisition of the know-how and competence above listed (see "Conoscenze e abilità da acquisire").
Course unit contents: The course will focus on ceramics, as a complex of technical processes relevant for each field of archaeological investigation, from prehistory to the contemporary world. Pottery will be discussed as a minor economic component of ancient societies, but as a crucial issue for archaeological studies. I will present the operational chains of ceramic processing, from base materials to finished products; from step to step, classes will consider a wide range of archaeological and archaeometric studies, discussing manifold methodological aspects. Further aspects will be detailed through practical experiments in laboratory (see below).
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course will alternate theoretical classes (with PPT presentations) with some practical sessions of experimental archaeology with clay and potting tools and devices at the LASeRT (Laboratory of Experimental Archaeology and Research on Ancient technology) of the Department, at Ponte di Brenta.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Besides the texts listed below, students will be given the PPT presentations of the classes.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • S. T. Levi, Dal Coccio al Vasaio. Bologna: Zanichelli, 2010. Cerca nel catalogo
  • M. Vidale, Produzione Artigianale Protostorica (capitoli scelti). Padova: Imprimitur, 1992. Cerca nel catalogo